For Lucy Hale, the title track of her debut album Road Between carries a lot of weight. It’s basically where the young TV star and country music newcomer feels she is in her life — and her career — right now.

“When it came time to choose a title for the record, that title just kept floating around in my head,” Hale told during a phone interview last week. “It just seemed perfect, because this is my first album, I was calling that song the anthem to my life, and — it just felt like the right decision.”

Road Between, which hit stores this week (June 3), marks a new career turn for the Memphis, Tenn. native. Though she’s been singing since she was a kid, and is a lifelong country music fan, she’s actually best known as an actress playing Aria Montgomery on the TV show Pretty Little Liars.

“It’s because of the success of that show that I’ve been given opportunities to do my music,” Hale said. “I grew up wanting to do music, and wanting to perform. The acting sort of — it didn’t fall in my lap, I worked really hard at it, but it was an idea that came to me a little later than the music. For me, I’ve always been a musician at heart who turned to acting. But in everyone else’s eyes, it’s the opposite.”

Hale’s on-screen career began when she appeared in 2003 on the reality TV singing competition American Juniors. After that she moved to L.A. to pursue a music career but wound up getting small parts in films and on television. In 2009, she landed her regular role on Pretty Little Liars.


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